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unbearable. hey, boo boo! >> see you at 6:00. captions by: caption colorado comments@captioncolorado.com >> pelley: tonight, hard freeze. millions of americans fight the bitter cold from minnesota to florida to the northeast. michelle miller and dean reynolds are covering the big chill. it could happen again. the former deputy director of the c.i.a. tells us american secrets are still vulnerable to a thief like edward snowden. as peace talks begin, an amican doctor fights for the lives of the suffering in syria. holly williams reports. >> i've used needle and thread that we use to sew clothes to sew people back together. >> pelley: and who can save the big hockey event from california's heat wave? carter evans finds the puck stops here. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley.
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>> pelley: good evening, this is our western edition of the cold air in the east is filled tonight with the sounds of plows in search pavement and shovels in search of sidewalks. after the storm, new bedford, massachusetts, is digging out of more than a foot of snow. roads throughout the northeast and mid-atlantic states are still icy and dangerous. this is virginia. and now temperatures many the region are plummeting again. today it got as low as nine degrees in washington, d.c., seven in new york city and boston. watertown, new york, it hit 37 degrees below zero. we have a team of correspondents covering the story. first, michelle miller hanover, massachusetts. just southeast of boston. michelle? >> reporter: scott, blizzard warnings were in effect in parts of massachusetts throughout -- until this afternoon. now, the heavy snow that wrecked last night's commute for millions in the mid-atlantic
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made driving treacherous for much of the day here in new england. first came the snow, up to 18 inches south of boston. bitter cold followed. windchills made it feel like ten below zero. getting around took patience and nerve. a.a.a. received 50% more service calls than usual. this ambulance slipped off the road while on call in stoughton, massachusetts. >> how we doing? >> reporter: jackson long's towing company has taken more than 40 calls since last night. >> it doesn't take much. especially if you have ice under the snow. anything is going to slide on it. even a big truck like this. you have to be very careful driving on it. >> reporter: at least seven people were killed in weather- related accidents. a 20-mile trip took two hours last night on parts of new york's long island. >> as you can see i just rear ended a lady by accident. i even hit the emergency break. >> reporter: the powdery snow even found its way into this amtrak train bound for
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washington, d.c. the storm dropped as much as two inches of snow an hour. that intensity was a surprise in new york city where buses became stuck on unplowed streets. mayor bill de blasio tried to explain why some streets remain slippery hours later. >> what happened was the snow hit right before rush hour in some parts of the city where there was, obviously, a high concentration of vehicles. it created a real jam-up and it had to be worked through. >> reporter: it wasn't much easier here in hanover, massachusetts. it took kristin regan two hours to clear her driveway. >> it's light and fluffy and it moves but when the wind blows and it gets in your face it gives the rosie cheeks. >> reporter: parts of massachusetts have already seen more than a foot of snow than normal this winter. now, the state's annual cleanup budget is $43 million. scott, they've already spent $40 million and that doesn't include this storm. >> pelley: thanks, michelle. air travel is improving, slowly. about 1,500 flights were
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canceled today. that's half as many as yesterday. it brings the two-day total to nearly 4,600. eric fisher is chief meteorologist at our cbs station in boston, wbz t.v. eric, what's coming next? >> reporter: scott, good evening. cold will be the big story moving forward. we're digging out in those frigid temperatures. 3.8 inches of snow in d.c. biggest snowstorm in over 1,000 days. philly has had three six-plus inch snowstorms before the start of february for the first time in recorded history. over a foot-and-a-half of snow just south of boston. now, the lows tonight, frigid, in cleveland, 2 in green bay, philadelphia looking at the teens. well below average temperatures. and the windchill biting, subzero in boston tomorrow morning and 30 to 40 below zero in the upper midwest as we kick off thursday. for an upside down world, how about this? juneau, alaska, highs in the 40s for the next several days while atlanta, georgia looking at highs in the 30s. freeze warnings as far south as
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the everglades and, scott, if you're interested in snowfall, we're watching a potential for next monday. >> pelley: eric fisher, thanks very much. well naturally, the price of heating fuel is rising. natural gas is up nearly 6%. propane even more. here's dean reynolds. >> reporter: propane trucks are crisscrossing the midwest, distributing fuel to customers from stocks that are now half of what they were last year. jeff petrash is vice president of the national propane gas association. >> it's operating but under considerable stress. the problem really is that we have to get the propane where it's needed. >> reporter: more than seven million households rely on propane for heat. some customers may be paying up to $200 more to fill up their home tanks than they did just last month. for natural gas, which heats more than 55.6 million households, market prices are up more than 8% in the last two days. phillip streible is a market analyst.
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are there any long-term effects? or is this just once the winter is over things will go back to normal. >> that's what i truly believe. prices, i believe, they'll top out and we'll start to come back down but i would still expect that next bill will probably shoot up on most of the consumers. >> reporter: new drilling techniques have increased production to record high amounts, but pipeline production has not grown as fast, causing price spikes in parts of the country. and while the amount of natural gas in underground storage is roughly the same as a decade ago, we are now withdrawing almost double the amount as we once did. now, to give you another measurement of this winter's impact, scott, the week ending january 10 saw the largest withdrawal of natural gas from storage facilities in this country in 20 years. >> pelley: and one school district in tennessee is closing because it ran out of propane. thanks very much, dean. today edward snowden said that he acted all alone when he stole top secret documents from the
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national security agency. last sunday on "face the nation", the chairman of the house intelligence committee, mike rogers, said the russians might have helped snowden in the theft. snowden escaped to hong kong and then later settled in russia. snowden told the "new yorker" magazine that the idea that he had help with the theft is absurd. well, we put the question to one of the people who know the most about the case: mike morell. until last year. he was deputy director of the c.i.a. he also served on the president's task force on surveillance. morell is now a senior security contributor for cbs news. >> reporter: there is no evidence of that, scott. my own thinking is that what edward snowden did was steal the material on his own, get out of the country on his own. my questions about his work with chinese and russian intelligence begin once he arrives in hong kong and then when he moved on to moscow.
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>> pelley: what do we know about what happened in hong kong? >> reporter: well, there were some -- a couple of incidents in hong kong that i really can't get into, but those incidents really raised some questions about whether or not he had contact with russian intelligence. >> pelley: does u.s. intelligence have a good appraisal today of what snowden took in its entirety? >> reporter: so we don't know what he took. we know what he had access to. my understanding is that the government is still trying to put together exactly what he walked away with. i think about it in the three buckets: one bucket is what he actually had on computers and hard drives that he showed up in hong kong with. clearly that information has been compromised. the second bucket is what he has already turned over to mr. greenwald. and then i assume that there's also a third bucket of information that edward snowden still controls and is probably
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somewhere in the cloud. scott, one of my concerns is if he is accessing that cloud in any way in russia, russian intelligence is clearly watching him do that and they only need to see him do it once to be able to do it themselves. >> pelley: now, greenwald, of course, is the reporter who's been working with snowden. when you say that he has information in the cloud, this is a widely distributed file- sharing system where the information would be spread out over perhaps multiple servers anywhere around the world. after all of these months, would it be possible for someone to repeat what he did or are all of those security lapses now closed? >> reporter: there are places in the u.s. government where there is classified information, where there is no auditing capability and so this could happen someplace else and one of our recommendations in the review
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group was that the government move quickly to monitor these networks as aggressively as they can be monitored. >> pelley: mike morell, former deputy director of the c.i.a. and now a cbs news contributor. thanks. the president, of course, has proposed surveillance reforms after snowden's revelations. in a cbs news poll, we asked americans who should happen to snowden. 61% said he should stand trial on espionage charges. 23% said he should be granted amnesty. today both sides in syria's civil war met for the very first time since the uprising broke out nearly three years ago. well over 100,000 people have been killed. but the peace talks in switzerland got off to a rough start when the syrian foreign minister went on a half hour tirade. here's what he said when u.n. secretary general ban ki-moon tried to stop him.
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>> pelley: and he kept on talking. our state department correspondent margaret brennan is covering the talks in montreux, switzerland. margaret? >> reporter: scott, the syrian regime flatly rejected the idea that president assad step down which the u.s. and rebels say is the entire purpose of these talks. instead, the regime wanted to focus on the rebels as terrorists. but secretary kerry said the only way to move forward is for assad to step down. >> he has long since because of his choice of weapons, because of what he has done, lost any legitimacy. who can imagine that tomorrow or in a week or in a month you could suddenly say "oh, okay, it's all right. you can lead syria." >> reporter: i asked secretary kerry what happens if diplomacy fails and he said the u.s. is looking at other options. one possibility is increasing support to the armed rebels. but we might get an answer by tomorrow because u.n.
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negotiators are seeing whether they can get the regime and the rebels to even talk to each other behind closed doors. >> pelley: a very long road for diplomacy yet. margaret, thank you. millions of civilians have fled syria, some with terrible wounds, going to neighboring countries including turkey. holly williams saw this part of the war through the eyes of an american doctor. >> reporter: dr. abdalmajid katranji is an american surgeon used to working in top-rated hospitals. now, in a converted kitchen he treats the horrific injuries of syria's civil war. (screaming) a chronic lack of funds forces dr. katranji to improvise. >> here i've used needle and thread that we use to sew clothes to sew people back together. i've literally gone to mechanic shops and carpenters to borrow their tools, to clean them up as best as we can to perform certain surgeries or to remove shrapnel.
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>> reporter: born and raised in michigan to syrian parents, this is the seventh time dr. katranji has left his wife and four children at home and come to help the victims of the syrian conflict. this makeshift rehabilitation center just over turkey's border with syria relies on private donations and volunteer doctors. many of the patients are rebel fighters. dr. katranji told us what he's seen here has taken a personal toll and especially one case-- a baby whose life he couldn't save. >> it got cold enough where basically the baby froze to death and died overnight. the mother asking us to please warm the baby up. all we had to do was warm the baby up and the baby would wake up. it -- it gets to you. it was a very difficult thing to deal with. >> reporter: dr. katranji's patients have visible wounds as well as scars that go much deeper. nidal hasan is an interior
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decorator from hosni mubarak holmes whose body was left riddled with a rocket attack. he told us the same attack killed his three closest friends. while politicians squabble over syria's future, dr. katranji told us what syrians need is more humanitarian aid. >> that baby just dying, freezing to death, it's a tragedy that could have so easily been averted if the world will just kind of look at this as a humanitarian crisis the way it should. >> reporter: we speak with a lot of syrians and not one of them has told us they're optimistic about the peace talks. most people say they are a pointless political exercise that won't achieve anything. and, scott, many syrians tell us they are angry because they say the outside world is ignoring their suffering. >> pelley: more than two million refugees, holly williams along the border are syria and turkey. holly, thank you. today, two people were shot to death in antigovernment protests in ukraine.
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police were beating some protesters and tearing apart their camps. the demonstrations broke out two months ago when ukraine's president rejected an economic deal with the european union in favor of closer ties with russia. an american olympian tells his parents not to come to the winter games. subcompact cars get poor grades in new crash tests. and a fuel plant is blown to bits. when the "cbs evening news" continues. the rhythm of life. [ whistle blow where do you hear that beat? campbell's healthy request soup lets you hear it in your heart. [ basketball bouncing ] heart healthy. [ m'm... ] great taste. [ tapping ] sounds good. campbell's healthy request. m'm! m'm! good.®
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>> pelley: today russia kept up the hunt for terrorists threatening the sochi winter olympics. opening ceremonies are 16 days away and some americans are beginning to rethink their plans. here's charlie d'agata. >> reporter: just a few hundred miles from the games and just over two weeks before they begin, russia's security operations remain on high alert. warnings that suicide bombers may already be inside sochi's security zone has set off jitters among some athletes and spectators. u.s. speed skater tucker fredericks told his parents not to come to russia. >> there are concerns out there for security and it seems like everyday there's another concern and all that and tucker wants to be focused on the race and he's asked us and his wife if we would stay home and watch it on t.v. so he can stay focused and not have a secondary thing to
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worry about. >> our athletes deserve to be able to just go and compete, not to have any of this going on. >> reporter: the u.s. ski and snowboarding association has hired global rescue, a security company, that will have up to 6 aircraft on standby for medical or security emergencies. that is in addition, of course, to the two u.s. warships on standby in the black sea and u.s. military aircraft that will be on alert at bases in the region as the pentagon put it, scott, for all manner of contingencies. >> pelley: charlie, thanks very much. today the insurance industry said that ten out of 11 subcompact cars failed a new crash test which measures frontal impact. only the chevrolet spark earned an acceptable rating. six were rated poor-- the honda fit and the fiat 500 performed worst.
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>> pelley: in jackson, mississippi, today, there was a huge explosion at a plant that makes biodiesel fuel. the flames could be seen for miles, but nobody was hurt. we don't know what caused it, it was too dangerous to go inside so the firefighters just let it burn itself out. >> pelley: tonight we have an update on the deadly airport shooting in los angeles back in november. the associated press is reporting that minutes before the shooting two armed police officers
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trend is usually 62 to 68. >> reporter: in you'd known it was going to be this hot, would you be here? >> no, we would haven't said 80 degrees. >> reporter: craig is the national hockey league's ice guru. the canadian is in charge of the 16,000 square foot rink built on the infield of dodger stadium. this time-lapse video shows two weeks of construction. >> this engineering feat of this floor is second to none. >> reporter: thin layers of water are frozen over aluminum panels and slowly built up to more than an inch and a half of regulation ice. it's kept as close as possible to 22 degrees by a massive refrigeration truck but the only thing between the ice and the sun is a reflective blanket. what temperatures can it handle? >> the truck was designed to handle 75 -- >> so you're five degrees hotter. >> we're five degrees hotter. >> reporter: what has been an ice-making nightmare for craig has become marketing bonanza for the n.h.l.
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hockey hall of famer wayne gretzky played for the l.a. kings. >> one of the things i used to always say is it would be so cool to see our game played outdoors in l.a. people in shorts and t-shirts enjoying our great sport. >> reporter: 105,000 people watched this new year's day game in ann arbor, michigan. snow had to be removed from that rink during the game. the forecast for saturday is 79 degrees. was there ever a point where you thought, you know, we're going to have to call this? >> no, never. not a chance. not gonna happen. >> reporter: failure is not an option. tickets are almost sold out. carter evans, cbs news, los angeles. >> pelley: and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
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family of the fallen bart pe officer. julie your realtime captioner is mrs. linda marie macdonald. >> i cherish every moment we have. >> you don't expect to bury your brother. >> tonight, kpix 5 sits down with the family of the fallen bart police officer. good evening, i'm julie watts in for elizabeth cook. >> i'm ken bastida. tonight, tom smith's family is sharing stories about the veteran bart police officer killed in the line of duty. they are hurting for their loss and the officer who mistakenly opened fire. they are a strong law enforcement family. four members serving in different east bay agencies. they invited juliette goodrich into their home this afternoon. >> reporter: ken, detective sergeant smith is known to his family as tommy. he has two older brothers in law enforcement, his wife and
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brother-in-law in law enforcement. they know it's a dangerous job. they know that they are serving the public. they also know they never want to get a phone call like they did yesterday. >> if you are lucky to find the love of your life, hold on to it. i did. i cherished every moment we had. >> reporter: tommy's wife chemly is a k-9 officer with bart pd. she was working when she heard the call come in yesterday. >> not only my family here grieving. his family. there's another officer's family out there grieving. i hope the community respects everybody and supports everybody involved. >> reporter: patrick smith is tommy's older brother. he is a field training officer for newark pd. >> you don't expect to bury your brother. you expect to bury your parents and grandparents. not your little brother. >> ed smith is the oldest of three and works not alameda county

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